STS9 Covers Pink Floyd, Delivers Classic Nashville Throwdown November 04, 2016 15:46

Photos by Brittan Allison: Live & Listen

STS9's red hot fall tour continued on Thursday night, as the five-piece jamtronic act rolled through Nashville's War Memorial Auditorium.  Fresh off a highly praised performance last weekend at Suwannee Hulaween, expectations for a night of classic Sector 9 tunes were high throughout the Music City.  The band came out firing early with a "Forest Hu" > "Really Wut" opener, which segued perfectly into the classic "Four Year Puma," one which is always received with high enthusiasm.  Next up was the heavy hitting "F Word," which was followed by "MOD," "Surreality," and "EB."  After a taking a moment to breathe, "Vibyl" would follow and provide for a nice, steady groove that rolled beautifully into a cover of Grandmaster Flash's "The Message," before moving back into "Vibyl."  One of the band's latest singles, "Get Loud," would ultimately close out the first set with a bang.

The second set opened up with a heavy-hitting take on "You Don't Say," which moved segued into the vintage jam "Grow."  Two more of the band's newer tunes would follow in "Walk To The Light" and "World Go Round," the latter of which seems to have developed into consistent, lengthy jam.  Guitarist Hunter Brown then fired into the opening notes of "Hubble," the second track off of the band's 1998 debut release Interplanetary Escape Vehicle.  Another brand new tune, "Out Of This World," would follow and segue into "1103," which ultimately led back into "Out Of This World."  The decision to close out the second set with the always energetic "Frequencies 2" > "Frequencies 3" seemed like a perfect fit and was very well received by the rowdy Nashville crowd. 

The story of this show was undoubtedly the surprise three-song encore.  As the band busted into "Supercluster," another brand new track from The Universe Inside, it's highly unlikely that anyone in attendance was predicting what would follow.  The band called on long-time collaborator and guest vocalist Maureen Murphy, along with the choir featuring Moiba Mustapha, Kendra Chantelle Campbell, and Emoni Wilkins for a double dose of Pink Floyd.  Being the first time that STS9 has touched the Pink Floyd catalog, you can imagine the response from the crowd as it witnessed the band working through the classics "Brain Damage" and "Eclipse."  This would cap off a evening in Nashville that won't be forgotten anytime soon and will only add steam to an already heavy fall tour for STS9.

Watch a live segment of the show via YouTube user Michael Wilker here:

Setlist - STS9 - War Memorial Auditorium - Nashville, TN - 11.03.15 

Set I: Forest Hu > Really Wut > 4 Year Puma, F Word, MOD*, Surreality > EB, Vibyl > The Message% > Vibyl, Get Loud
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Set II: You Don't Say > Grow, Walk to the Light, World Go Round, Hubble, Out of this World > 1103 > Out of this World > Frequencies 2 > Frequencies 3
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Encore: Supercluster > Brain Damage$^ > Eclipse $^
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Notes: * Modular Jam
% Grandmaster Flash cover
$ featuring Maureen Murphy and Choir (Moiba Mustapha, Kendra Chantelle Campbell and Emoni Wilkins)
^ Pink Floyd cover (first time played)
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